Mike AlfredsMike Alfreds

Mike Alfreds studied drama at the Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh in the United States and is an internationally acclaimed director working in Canada, Germany, Norway, China, Australia and extensively in Israel.In the Seventies, he founded the touring company Shared Experience, performing his own adaptations of literary classics on the scale of The Arabian Nights, Bleak House and A Handful Of Dust. His equally acclaimed Chekhov productions led to an associate directorship at the National Theatre in the mid-Eighties, climaxing in a multi-award-winning Cherry Orchard.

He transformed and renamed Cambridge Theatre Company as Method and Madness spending a year working with a cast of four on his own adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, Noel Coward's Private Lives and a new Philip Osment play, Flesh and Blood.

Mike is also known for his unique way of working with actors, inspired by among others the principles of Stanislavsky and Laban. He has conducted workshops with this method in various countries.

He published two successful books on directing and adaptation for the stage, Different Every Night and Then What Happens?, both published by Nick Hern Books.

Dominic CookeDominic Cooke CBE

Dominic Cooke CBE is a director and playwright. He started his own theatre company Pan Optic, which he ran for two years before becoming an assistant director at the RSC in the 1990s. He began as a writer at the Royal Court under Stephen Daldry's directorship in 1995 and later became an Associate director there for Ian Rickson in 1999. In 2003, he left the Royal Court to become an Associate Director at the RSC working for Michael Boyd. He was made Artistic Director of the Royal Court in 2006. In 2011, he made his directing debut at the Royal National Theatre with The Comedy of Errors.

Royal Court as Artistic Director: As well as staging some successful revivals, Dominic has also pioneered new writing by promoting the Royal Court's Young Writers Program. It was during his tenure that the success of Jerusalem, Clybourne Park and Enron were staged and all transferring to the West End.

As a Writer: In 2007, he wrote the stage adaptation of Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses, which he directed and produced at the RSC. He wrote an adaptation of Arabian Nights for Young Vic in 1998. He directed a revised version of it for the RSC in 2009.

Awards: 2007 Lawrence Olivier Award for best director for his revival of The Crucible (RSC). In 2013 he won the international Theatre Institue Award for Excellence in International Theatre. He was awarded Honorary Doctorate of Letters by University of Warwick in July 2013 and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 New Years Honours for services to drama.

Most Recent: Dominic is currently completing editing Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3 and Richard III for the BBC's Hollow Crown series.

Eddie LaddEddie Ladd

Mae Eddie eisioes wedi dathlu trideg o flynyddoedd eiraidd yn showbusiness.

Dechreuodd greu ei gwaith ei hun tua 1989. Cynyrchiadau theatr mewn theatr oedd rhai o’i sioeau (weithiau ar borfa, ar beiriant rhedeg ac mewn blawd serch hynny) tra llwyfannwyd eraill mewn safleoedd arbennig megis tai teras, closydd fferm a meysydd. Bu rhai ar daith ledled Ewrop. Bu’n defnyddio technoleg newydd o’r dechrau gan dderbyn cymrodoriaeth gan NESTA yn 2002 er mwyn atgyfnerthu’r elfen hon yn ei gwaith ac mae’n datblygu prosiect Realiti Rhithwir ar hyn o bryd. Mae wedi bod yn gyfarwyddwr corfforol i nifer o gynyrchiadau theatr gan Arad Goch, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru a Criw Brwd, ac mae ei sioeau diweddaraf, Caitlin a Disgo Distaw Owain Glyndŵr, wedi bod gyda’r ddau gyfaill a sefydlodd gwmni Light, Ladd & Emberton gyda hwynt.


Eddie Ladd has spent at least thirty golden years in showbusiness.

She started making her own work in about 1989. Some of her shows have been staged in theatres (though sometimes on turf, a running machine and in flour) and others have been site-specific, in terrace houses, farmyards and fields. A clutch of them have toured Europe. Having used new technologies from the very beginning, she received a NESTA fellowship in 2002 to develop this element in her work and is currently researching a VR project. She has been movement director on a number theatre productions by Arad Goch, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Criw Brwd, and her latest shows, Caitlin and Owain Glyndŵr Silent Disco, has been with the two friends with whom she set up Light, Ladd & Emberton.

Katie MitchellKatie Mitchell OBE

Katie Mitchell began her career behind the scenes at the King's Head Theatre in London before taking on work as an assistant director at theatre companies including Paines Plough and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Early in her career she directed a number of productions under the umbrella of her company Classics On A Shoestring.

In 1997 she became responsible for programming at the Other Place at the RSC. Her productions included The Phoenician Women which won her the Evening Standard Award for Best Director in 1996. She was an associate director at The Royal Court and at the Royal National Theatre and has also worked extensively in Opera.

In 2004 she directed a series of workshops on Stanislavsky and neuroscience at the NT Studio and dedicated much time to providing training for emerging directors with Living Pictures. This culminated with the publication of her book on directing titled 'The Directors Craft.'

Since her 2006 play Waves, she has experimented extensively with film video techniques Her productions have been described as distinguished by the intensity of the emotions, the realism of the acting, and the creation of a very distinctive world. Her frequent collaborators include writer Martin Crimp and designer Vicki Mortimer

She currently works freelance in London, Germany, Austria and France.

She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2009.

Ian RicksonIan Rickson

Ian Rickson is a British theatre and film director. He was the Artistic Director at the Royal Court Theatre in London from 1998 to 2006, during which time he directed Krapp's Last Tape, The Winterling, Alice Trilogy, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, Fallout, The Night Heron, Boy Gets Girl, Mouth to Mouth (also in the West End), Dublin Carol, The Weir (also in the West End and on Broadway), The Lights, Pale Horse and Mojo (also at the Steppenwolf Theatre). His Broadway credits include the critically acclaimed Royal Court Theatre production of Chekhov's The Seagull, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Peter Sarsgaard and Mackenzie Crook and Conor McPherson's The Weir.

Other theatre includes The Hothouse and The Day I Stood Still (National Theatre); Parlour Song (Almeida); Hedda Gabler (Roundabout Theatre, New York), West End productions of The Children's Hour, Betrayal, Frost/Nixon, and Hamlet at the Young Vic.

He directed the internationally acclaimed production of Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth which transferred to Broadway in 2011 at the Music Box Theatre. The play received a Tony Award nomination as 'Best Play' and Mark Rylance won the 'Best Actor' award.

In 2009 he was made an Honorary Professor for Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Kent's School of Arts.

Sinéad RusheSinéad Rushe

Sinéad Rushe is a theatre director, performer and teacher. She studied at Trinity College, Dublin, École Normale Supérieure, Paris before training as an actor at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London where she is Senior Lecturer in Acting and Movement at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, specialising in the Michael Chekhov Technique and Meyerhold’s Biomechanics.

Directing credits include AntigoneNOW, performance film, as Granada Artist-in-Residence, UCDavis, California, Concert, The Pit, Barbican, The Baryshnikov Arts Centre, New York (& international tour, winner of the Gradam Comharcheoil TG4 2018 Award), Night Just Before the Forests, commissioned for the 2018 Macau Arts Festival, China, Gogol’s Diary of a Madman with Living Pictures at Sherman Cymru in Cardiff (& international tour), Something or Nothing with Guy Dartnell at The Place Theatre (& tour), commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, and Out of Time with Colin Dunne, The Pit, Barbican, The Baryshnikov Arts Centre, New York and international tour (nominated for Olivier and Dance Critics’s Circle Award).

She has directed four shows with her own company, out of Inc: Loaded (Jacksons Lane, Old Rep, Birmingham), Night-Light (Oval House, London, Bristol Old Vic & tour), Life in the Folds (BAC, London & tour), and An Evening with Sinéad Rushe (BAC, London).

Sinéad is the author of Michael Chekhov’s Acting Technique: A Practitioner’s Guide, (Bloomsbury Methuen, 2019) and the co-translator into French of four plays by Howard Barker (published by Editions Théâtrales, Paris). www.sineadrushe.co.uk